none to the Chiarettat The dances are infamous and ordinary. Lord Chesterfields was told that the Viscontina said she was but four-and-twenty: he answered, ' I suppose she means four-and-twenty stone!'
There is a mad parson goes about; he called to a sentinel the other day in the Park, 'Did you ever see the Leviathan?'—'No.'—'Well, he is as like Sir E. W. as ever two devils were like one another.'
Never was such unwholesome weather! I have a great cold, and have not been well this fortnight: even immortal Majesty has had a looseness !
The Duke of Ancaster * and Lord James Cavendish5 are dead. This is all the news I know: I would I had time to write more; but I know you will excuse me now. If I wrote more, it would be still about the Italian expedition, I am so disturbed about it!
51. To HORACE MANN.
Downing Street, Nov. 23, 1741.
YOTTB letter has comforted me much, if it can be called comfort to have one's uncertainty fluctuate to the better side. You make me hope that the Spaniards design on Lombardy; my passion for Tuscany, and anxiety for you, make me eager to believe it; but alas! while I am in the belief of this, they may be in the act of conquest in Florence, and poor you retiring politically! How delightful is Mr. Chute for cleaving unto you like Euth! Whither fhou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge! As
3 Philip Dormer Stanhope (1694-1773), fourth Eaxl of Chesterfield, the wit and letter-writer. He was Ambassador to the Hague, 1728-82; K G., 1780; Viceroy of Ireland, 1745-46 j Secretary of State, 1746-48.
* Peregrine Bertie (1686-1742), second Duke of Ancaster. The report of his death 'was unfounded.
5 Second son of second Duke of Devonshire; served in the army, and was M.P. for Malton.